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    New Drug Could Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

    http://www.wnbc.com/drmaxgomez/3999759/detail.html

    New Drug Could Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

    POSTED: 2:04 pm EST December 15, 2004
    UPDATED: 5:55 pm EST December 15, 2004

    The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug for multiple sclerosis from Biogen Idec and Elan. Tests show it may work twice as well as any other MS drug on the market, and some analysts predict it could become a multi-billion-dollar-a-year product.

    MS is highly unpredictable and debilitating, but the drug appears to control it better than any other.

    Bonnie Glanville took a gamble, and based on the monthly checkup with her neurologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, it looks like it may have paid off.


    Glanville is one of 11 multiple sclerosis patients that Dr. Peter Riskind recruited to participate in a clinical trial of an experimental drug from Biogen, called Idec, and Ireland's Elan. It's administered at an infusion center once a month.

    Glanville, a 35-year-old working mom, doesn't know if she got the real thing or a placebo -- but she has a good feeling.

    "It's nice just to be able to get up and go, go through your days and keep up with the kids and everything else you have going on in your life. It would be nice for other people to be able to do that, too," Glanville said.

    And soon, many of the estimated 400,000 other MS patients in the United States may be able to do that. Biogen's Idec, which it has been calling Antegren, decreased by two-thirds the rate of MS flare-ups -- the random worsening and sometimes long-lasting relapses of the disease.

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    Idec or Tysabri or natalzumab (used to be called Antigren) is the first humanized monoclonal antibody approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. This antibody has to be injected and it binds onto the surfaces of lymphocytes that migrate from the blood into the brain where they can cause inflammation and damage myelin. Injected once a month, it is apparently much more effective than other therapies.

    http://www.idecpharm.com/site/019_0....IDECPR_062.htm

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